Here and There--July 4th Edition

Colonial Downs will have special events on July 3 and 4, including fireworks displays both days, and a free 3-D fireworks glasses giveaway to the first 7,500 patrons each day. Post time is 4 p.m., with concerts following at 8 p.m. each night. Two steeplechase races will be on Wednesday's card ... Finger Lakes will have free pony rides and face painting for kids, live music, and the Wine Country Handicap on Wednesday, July 4. In addition, one of six finalists will win a Plymouth Neon ... Lone Star Park will hold its main fireworks show Tuesday night after live racing ends around 9:45 p.m. Gates open at 3 p.m., post time is 5 p.m., and Admission is $3. Tuesday there will be pony rides, a petting zoo, arts, crafts, games, and a community stage, all starting at 3 p.m. Then on Wednesday, Lone Star will open at 11:30 a.m. in preparation for its 1:35 p.m. post time ... Hollywood Park could feature a $3 million Pick Six pool on Independence Day, boosted by Sunday's $691,095 carryover ... Monmouth Park will start its July 4th festivities with a concert by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes at 11:30 a.m. Post time is at 2 p.m., and family activities will be ongoing from noon until 4 p.m. A pair of Minolta binoculars will be given away every five minutes from 2:05 p.m. until 6 p.m. Wednesday ... PimlicoWill have a cookout, promotions for children and adults, and hopefully, the return of grade I winner John's Call in the featured Ft. McHenry Handicap. On Saturday patrons can have photos taken with members of the track's jockey colony. Pimlico's post time is 1:35 p.m. EST ... Thistledown will have free admission, a carnival, free food and snacks for kids, games, and more from noon to 4 p.m. on July 4.

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